Note: This article was cited in the New York Times (July 22, 2018) as an intellectual counter to the emerging religion of “Ancient Aliens.”
The Grand Design (2012), Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow claimed that “philosophy is dead” (p in the book. 5). They wrote: “We exist however for a short while, as well as in that time explore but a tiny area of the universe that is whole. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Located in this world that is vast is by turns kind and cruel, and gazing at the immense heavens above, people have always asked a multitude of questions: just how can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? So how exactly does the universe behave? What’s the nature of reality? Where d > philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not yet kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics.” (p. 5).
Of course, philosophy is still alive in academic journals, Amazon books, therefore the shrinking philosophy section at the Barnes & Noble bookstores. But, as a force in popular culture, contemporary philosophy is basically dead, primarily as it has failed to keep up utilizing the discoveries in contemporary cosmology. When you look at the wake for the stunning achievements regarding the Apollo program plus the Hubble Space Telescope (just two examples), philosophy has did not generate a popular narrative that is cosmic integrates the origins and destinies for the human species to the vast and wondrous cosmos—an expanding universe stretching across 100 billion light years and populated with 2 trillion galaxies and untold numbers of stars, planets, lifeforms, and black holes. This death began aided by the crash of Apollo 8 and Earthrise.
This cosmic and philosophical failure is ev >2001: an area Odyssey (1968) and Interstellar (2014), Hollywood populates the expanding universe with endless monsters (ex: the Alien series) and apocalyptic warfare (ex: Star Wars), complimented by very little awe, wonder, and discovery. The recent Star Trek films are not that different from Star Wars. Here we are fifty years after Apollo and thirty years after the Hubble telescope, as well as the dominant ideologies continue to be based in cosmic narcissism and human super-specialness—pretending to be the center associated with universe or beneath the delusion that a Creator or Ancient Aliens are searching out for us.
The hit television series Ancient Aliens (2010-) has hijacked the cosmic narratives from Apollo and 2001 and claims to explain humanity’s origins and destiny in the universe in the absence of a meaningful space philosophy. In Ancient Aliens, we are able to see philosophy’s corpse that is mediated where an attempted space philosophy and cosmic narrative have crashed and are also still aflame in the us on the History Channel.
Two Val >The ancient-astronaut theory draws upon two val > may are suffering from space travel technologies that enable them to traverse the distances that are great relative ease. at the least this is the “wormhole” scenario depicted in Contact (1997) and Interstellar (2014) . That sa we have been visited, precisely because the distances are so vast, the universe is so gigantic, and our planet is so tiny > it is highly unlikely.
Yet, such a possibility (however slim) is certainly one good reason why 2001 offers such a vision that is compelling of origins and destinies. In the end, it will be an epochal moment to find a black monolith somewhere on Earth or perhaps the moon, beaming out a radio signal to an alert and curious species. Such a possibility is extremely appealing to me, at the very least in theory. Since the astronaut Taylor says in Planet associated with the Apes, “Out there, there needs to be something a lot better than man. Has got to be.” Of course, if ancient astronauts have visited Earth, they might have possessed extremely advanced technologies and been seen as gods, angels, and miracle makers by premodern humans. Much like the apes in 2001, the humans would have looked upon the technologies with fear and amazement. But have any ancient astronauts actually visited Earth?
Where’s the monolith that is black?
Where’s the equivalent of the black monolith in 2001 — that single artifact of indisputable extraterrestrial design or origin? Where is the evidence that is verifiable ancient astronauts or extraterrestrials visited the planet to enlighten our species, perform great deeds, and guide our art, technology, and architecture? Since i do believe extraterrestrial life forms surely exist and it’s possible some may be a lot more advanced and enlightened than our species, I am ready to accept actual empirical evidence. Unfortunately, all the ancient-astronaut theorists can point toward is a few mysterious artifacts, none of and this can be linked to visitations that are extraterrestrial.
Where would be the “Chariots regarding the Gods”?
Within my youth, I watched reruns or VHS tapes of 2001 and Planet associated with Apes times that are many along with a number of other science-fiction films. I also recall viewing reruns of Chariots of the Gods and Mysteries for the Gods, which aired in the television station that is local. The shows are currently available on YouTube, and my viewings that are recent the majority of my original memories of these. Both films clearly attempted to connect astronauts that are ancient Apollo and space exploration, with all the Voyager space probe and starship Enterprise appearing early in Mysteries regarding the Gods. Viewing the above films in my youth inspired me to read Chariots for the Gods?, readily available at that time in local bookstores. I viewed the films and read the book with rapt attention, precisely because von Daniken appeared to be providing “evidence” for a human narrative that has been part of a larger celestial narrative outside of the theism that prevailed in Texas, where I was born and was raised (in a largely secular household). Initially, this thesis was quite attractive and appeared to reflect an alternative model for human origins and possible destinies. It seemed like a attack that is plausible the cultural and historical orthodoxy of this age, especially the pre-Copernican ideologies associated with proselytizing evangelicals in my own suburb.
Upon later reflection, however, i discovered myself questioning the logic regarding the book’s assertions and came to comprehend that von Daniken’s “ancient-astronaut” thesis was deeply mistaken. The book’s flaws were exposed in a 1976 Skeptical Inquirer article as well as in a written book entitled The Space Gods Revealed that featured a forward by none aside from Carl Sagan.1 By 1977, Chariot of this Gods? was debunked in a BBC-PBS creation of Nova in an episode called “The Case associated with the Ancient Astronauts.”2 The episode refuted the next claims: a graphic of an astronaut that is ancient carved on a Mayan sarcophagus, the Nazca Lines in Peru were originally an ancient-astronaut spaceport, ancient astronauts inspired various carvings on Peruvian stones, and ancient astronauts built the pyramids in Egypt additionally the Moai statues on Easter Island.
The above mentioned assertions are among the most ludicrous and illogical interpretations of human artifacts created by the ancient-astronaut theorists, paper writer and all sorts of are wholly unproven. In a variety of ways, the series is an attack on logic, rationality, plus the nature of ev >Ancient Aliens has been on television for seven seasons suggests there are sizable audiences who will be quite gullible, not able to think logically, and scientifically illiterate. Plus, there are irresponsible and intellectually bankrupt television programmers, but that is nothing new either.
Into the wake for the Trump pres >Chariots for the Gods? and Ancient Aliens, almost all associated with the so-called ev >never be solved.
Almost all the claims of extraterrestrial influence made on Ancient Aliens assume that human civilization and consciousness have little creativity, originality, or capacity to innovate. The general idea is that, without some help from the ancient astronauts, humans could be helpless and might never build such great structures or make profound scientific discoveries. Plus, the show assumes there’s no available room for chance, surprise, emergence, singularities, or any of the insights of chaos and complexity theory. In the end, the series represents an assault on rationality and scientific methods, not unlike all the paranormal movies and tv shows.